Rules of Play
All Aloha Tournament events are smoke free, pet free and alcohol free events. No grills, generators, noisemakers or air horns are allowed. Thank you for respecting our fans and players!
Club Boys Rules
All rules will be in accordance with NCAA standards unless otherwise noted.
- Playing time will consist of 2 twenty minute running time halves with a five minute halftime. Games will begin promptly.
- Each team will receive one 30 second timeout each half at which time the clock will stop. Timeouts will not carry over to the next half. If a team does not return to the field in a prompt manner after the timeout they will either lose possession of the ball or be assessed a delay of game penalty.
- The clock will stop on all whistles in the last 2 minutes of the game if the goal differential is 2 goals or less.
- Playoff & Championship games will consist of 2 fifteen minute running time periods. A one minute halftime will separate the periods at which time teams will change ends of the field. Each team will have one 30 second timeout per game. The clock will stop on all whistles for the last two minutes of the game.
- There will be no overtime in regulation games.
- All ties in playoff games will be decided by a sudden victory overtime period. Teams will remain at the same end of the field where they finished the game. If the game remains tied after 8 minutes a one minute break will be called by the officials at which time teams will change ends.
- All penalties will be running time. The penalty clock will begin when the official blows the whistle to restart play.
- Substitutions will be on the fly only, except on a time serving penalty. In that case the teams will have a quick horn to get EMO or EMD on the field.
- There will be no advancement rules at 2026/2027 division.
- There will be no stick checks unless requested by the opposing coach. If the stick is found to be legal, the challenging team will be assessed a timeout. If no timeouts remain, a delay of game technical foul will be assessed. If the stick is not legal, the appropriate penalty will be assessed. Sticks must meet either NCAA or NFHS standards.
- 2026/2027 sticks must be between 36"-72".
- No noise makers will be allowed at any field (horns, whistles, sirens, cowbells, etc.) Offenders will be asked to leave the field.
- Any player, fan or coach ejected from a game will be prohibited from competing in/coaching/watching his/her team's next game. If a player/coach/fan is ejected for a second time he/she will be disqualified from the tournament.
- Fighting is an automatic ejection from the game.
- Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to advance to the playoffs.
- Forfeits will be considered a 4-2 victory for the team that is prepared to play.
- Decisions on the field will be the final ruling. No disputes will be heard after the game.
Rec Division (Boys & Girls) Rules
- All rules will be as established by the MYLA unless otherwise noted.
- Click HERE for the MYLA Girls Rules.
- Click HERE for the MYLA Boys Rules.
- Playing time will consist of 2 twenty minute running time halves with a 5 minute halftime. Games will begin promptly on the hour.
- Timeouts will consist of one 45 second timeout per team per half. Playing time stops with each timeout. The clock will restart after 45 seconds. Any team not prepared to play will lose possession of the ball.
- The 4 goal rule will be in effect for all boys games and 7/8 girls games at all times - if a team is leading by 4 or more goals, the faceoff will be eliminated and the ball awarded to the trailing team at midfield. The only exception to this rule is to begin the second half.
- A six goal rule will be in effect for all girls 9/10, 11/12 and 13/14 games - if a team is leading by 6 or more goals, the faceoff will be eliminated and the ball awarded to the trailing team at midfield. The only exception to this rule is to begin the second half.
- There will be no stick checks unless requested by the opposing coach, and if the stick is found not to be illegal, the challenging team will be assessed a timeout. If not timeout remains, a delay of game technical foul will be assessed.
- Sticks in the 7/8 Boys divisions are limited to 37" - 42" in length.
- Boys sticks must meet NFHS or NCAA standards.
- No Overtime in regular play. Sudden victory overtime will be used to decide all ties in playoff games.
- Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to compete in any playoff games.
- All forfeits will be considered a 4-2 victory for the team that is prepared to play.
- Boys 7/8 C games will be 8 vs. 8.
- All other Boys games will be 10 vs. 10.
- Girls 7/8 games will be 8 vs. 8.
- All other Girls games will be 12 vs. 12.
- Any player, coach or fan ejected from a game or field during the tournament will be prohibited from coaching/playing/watching his/hers team's next game.
- Any player, coach or fan ejected from a game or field for fighting will be prohibited from playing/coaching/watching any other games in the tournament.
- No player may compete, or be rostered, on more than one team during the tournament.
- No High School players are allowed on any team at any time. This includes Fresh/Soph, JV and Varsity players. Any team competing with High School players will forfeit all games in the tournament and will not be allowed to advance to the playoff rounds.
- 7/8 players must be born after August 31, 2008.
- 9/10 players must be born after August 31, 2006.
- 11/12 players must be born after August 31, 2004.
- 13/14 players must be born after August 31, 2002.
- Placement on a grade based team (2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, & 2027) is dictated by the highest grade of any player on the team.
- Any team in violation of the above roster rules will forfeit all games in which the ineligible player has participated and forfeit all opportunity to advance to the playoffs.
Points will be awarded after each game in the following manner:
- 5 points for a win
- 2 points for a tie
- 0 points for a loss
Divisional ties will be broken in the following manner and sequence:
- Head to head play
- Most wins
- Fewest goals allowed
- Total point differential in first five games (not to exceed +3 or -3 per game)
- Coin Toss (Team coming in second in the alphabet will call
Any playoff games that end in a tie will be decided by a sudden victory overtime period.
One referee at each game will hold the scorecard for the game. At the end of each game the referee will record the official score and sign the scorecard. Any questions regarding the score should be addressed at this time. It is the coach's responsibility to ensure that the correct score is recorded. The scorecard will be turned in at the Registration table at each field. Scores will be posted online at the end of the day.
Rosters for all teams will be on file at the Registration Tent at Hydes. This is the roster that will be used if there is a discrepancy over the eligibility of a player.
In the event of adverse weather or unplayable field conditions, the tournament director reserves the right to:
- Reduce the game times in order to catch up with the schedule.
- Finish games before inclement weather arrives or to preserve field conditions.
- Reschedule games, if possible.
- Convert tournament to a “Festival” format without playoffs or championship to provide the majority of teams the opportunity to play as many games as possible.
Every attempt will be made to update cancellations on the Aloha website. However, weather conditions can change rapidly and all teams should be prepared to play as soon as weather clears and fields are playable.
If thunder or lightning is observered at any location, play will be suspended immediately and players and fans will be required to leave the field. Play will be allowed to resume 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder or sight of lightning is observed. If a game is in progress:
- The period will end immediately.
- If a game is in the second half, the game will be considered final and the score at that point will be recorded.
- If a game is in the first half, when play resumes it will be the start of the second half.
Every attempt will be made to begin subsequent games on time. If the start of the second half of the suspended game delays the onset of the subsequent game the following actions will occur:
- The suspended game will play a 20 minute running time second half.
- Subsequent games will begin immediately after the preceding games (teams will warm up on the sideline prior to the game). These games will consist of one 35 minute running time period until games are back on schedule. Teams will have one 30 second timeout per game not to be used in the last two minutes of the game (the clock will not stop during these timeouts).
- Once games are back on schedule, they will revert back to two 20 minutes running time periods.
We will make every attempt to play every minute of every game, but we will not jeopardize the saftey of any player.
Weather Refund Policy
- No refunds will be issued for games cancelled for reasons other than weather. (forfeits, no shows, etc)
- No refunds will be issued for games shortened due to weather.
- If one game is canceled due to weather, there will be no refund.
- Rec Programs - If a second game is canceled due to weather, the team will receive a $154 refund, and an additional $153 refund for each game canceled thereafter.
- Club Programs - If a second game is canceled due to weather, the team will receive a $254 refund, and an additional $253 refund for each game canceled thereafter.
- No refunds will be issued for playoff or championship games canceled due to weather.
- Since teams register, and are paid for under a lot of different names, teams will be required to complete a Weather Refund Request Form that will be available on the tournament website. This will indicate the team requesting the refund, to whom the check should be made payable and where the check should be mailed. No refunds will be issued if a Weather Request Form is not submitted within 30 days of the tournament.
- All games canceled due to weather will be considered a 4-2 win for both teams.